Balarama – The Big Brother
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 August 2014, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, Balarama Purnima Lecture) Simply put, the chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra is our main interest. In the Holy Name, there are 3 words – Hare, Krsna and Rama. In this, we can see that Hare is representing Srimati Radharani, Rama is representing Lord Balarama […]

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Everything is resting on Balarama
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2018, Talavana, India, Kartik Parikrama Lecture) Lord Balarama carries a plough, used to prepare the ground for planting. Balarama is actually the one who prepares the heart. Krsna is the instructor, the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, and He plants transcendental knowledge within the heart. “Bala” means strength and Balarama is […]

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Philosophy is our anchor
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 November 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday Feast Lecture) Just like children only want to eat sweets, we only want kirtan. But we must not forget about the philosophy in Krsna consciousness because without this philosophy, we have no anchor. Without philosophy, we are on the waves of the three modes of material […]

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The mad elephant offence
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture: Disrespecting Vaisnavas) If one commits an offence, one has the duty to denounce that immediately; to denounce the offender. In the Caitanya Caritāmṛta, we have the story of how Gopāla Cāpāla became envious of Srivasa Thakura, who is a great devotee, and tried to […]

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We are not God!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture: Mayavada Part 2) We are not at length going to study the Mayavada philosophy or the Buddhist philosophy because they are very extensive and academic philosophy. The Mayavada philosophy is basically appealing to the very root cause of the living entity being in the […]

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Sky of Bhakti
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) When we fly to greater heights in the sky of bhakti, we become free from darkness in ourselves. ākāśa — ananta, tāte yaiche pakṣi-gaṇayāra yata śakti, tata kare ārohaṇa (Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 20.79)The sky is unlimited, but many birds fly higher and higher […]

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Sharing the fruits
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2020, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) It is our mission to share the fruits of love of God with everyone – in the form of kirtan, in the form of transcendental books, in the form of transcendental lectures and in the form of transcendental plays & movies. We can […]

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Increasing the glories
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) I do not usually cover the topic of disrespecting vaishnavas, as in one sense, it is a distasteful topic. I do not like to discuss all the unpleasantness of vaishnava-apradha as it is not filling our hearts with great happiness. To make vaishnava-apradha the […]

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Real chanting begins after 16 rounds
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) At the time of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, he would say that anyone who does not chant 64 rounds, is fallen. He said to chant a minimum of 4 rounds. Now, 4 rounds did not necessarily mean going back to Godhead in this lifetime, but […]

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Media Update!
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NEW Kirtaniyah Sada Harih Book & Jarikhanda Album by Kadamba Kanana Swami are in stock! Kirtaniyah-Sada- Harih is an ideal companion for the sincere chanter. In this book, Kadamba Kanana Swami is taking us on a pleasant and truly transformational adventure, full of spiritual nectar, inspiration, hope, and light. During this profound trip, we learn […]

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Enlivening the great souls
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2020, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) sarvopaniṣado gāvodogdhā gopāla-nandanaḥpārtho vatsaḥ su-dhīr bhoktādugdhaṁ gītāmṛtaṁ mahat(Gītā-māhātmya 6, cited in Bhagavad-gita, Introduction) It is said that there is a herd of cows and these cows are all a personification of the upanisads. The gita-upanisad is the best of these upanisads. The cows are […]

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Death – something to think about!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 4 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) Death – something to think about!What does Krsna want?What am I doing to contribute to that?What am I contributing in my character and in my behaviour?In other words, what am I contributing in my consciousness and in my actions? Will it be enough? Will […]

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Krsna giveth and Krsna taketh away
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) We have these ‘noise boys’, who are playing all their instruments in the kirtan very energetically. But that energy is not theirs, that energy is given to them by Krsna. It is Krsna’s energy which He has deposited in the ‘noise boys’, […]

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The Flow of Mercy is…
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Vyasa-puja Address) The flow of mercy is never obstructed, no matter what the situation. We are all in different places during this lockdown but we are still together, still together at Prabhupada’s feet, still together at Krsna’s feet. So now let us take full advantage of this golden opportunity. […]

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The nature of this transcendental culture
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 December 2019, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.20) The higher planetary systems have heavenly planets where one can enjoy, but above these celestial planets are planets of sages – the Maharloka and the Tapaloka, and ultimately the Brahmaloka. So, the Maharloka is the residence of the manus according to the […]

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Even When I am Alone…
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 May 2020, Festival of the Holy Name – Global Pandemic Kirtan) Even when I am alone, I am always with Krsna.Even in the middle of a crowd, I am alone with Krsna.Whether swept up in waves of wild kirtan,Whether quietly chanting in a contemplative way,Each mantra brings us closer to Krsna […]

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Perceiving Krsna through chanting
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 December 2019, Canberra, Australia, Home Program Lecture) Krsna is everywhere because He is all-pervading. Not only is the brahmajyoti (effulgence) of Krsna present everywhere, on which everything is resting, but Krsna Himself is present everywhere in different forms. Sometimes He is in the form of Nrsimhadeva, sometimes He is in the […]

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Vaisnavas are Treasure Houses
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Vaishnavas are treasure houses of transcendental mercy Kadamba Kanana Swami, YouTube Live Stream, 26 March 2020 This quote was taken from a live stream series of classes discussing Caitanya Caritamrta. Here is the introductory text: So we see how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced Santana Goswami to all of his associates from Nabadwip, who were all […]

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Swallowing the bitter pill
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 (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 February 2020, London, United Kingdom, Bhagavad-gita 9.22) Krsna consciousness is not a dreamy state of mind. Krsna consciousness is about realism. It is about actually seeing things as they are. To understand things a little deeper, then a little further; it is about looking up a little bit beyond the clouds. […]

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The more we give, the more we gain
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 (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Home Program Lecture) We may recall that Ramanuja Acarya’s spiritual master sent him to study under a great self-realised sage, and after a long time, that sage gave him a secret mantra. He said, “If you chant this mantra, you will attain all perfection; liberation from birth […]

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No matter how one turns…
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No matter how one turns, no matter where we go, whatever we do, we will always be in relationship with Krsna. Kadamba Kanana Swami, Siksastakam Prayers – Bhakti Center, New York City, 8 March 2020 A class on the Siksastakam prayers in the Bhakti Center, New York City on the 8 March 2020. Watch the […]

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Developing strength in chanting
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture) When we feel that we have no taste for chanting and when we think to ourselves, “Oh I have no desire to chant sixteen rounds… it is taking such a long time and it is appearing to me as boring“, this is because we have […]

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Carve out time for Krsna
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 December 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20) We see that brahmanas in Vedic culture would refuse to simply take up a job. They just lived from teaching scriptures and glorifying scriptures. People would bring them some rice and other things and in this way they lived their whole lives; it was […]

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Vyasa-puja & book 2020
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Even though the Vyasa-puja festival and Kingsday were cancelled this year, the devotees from the ISKCON Durban temple in South Africa made a humble effort to have a private event for the Vyasa-puja of His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami, and simultaneously stream it live to Mayapur TV and Youtube channel. Devotees joined in from all […]

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A lesson from the sunrise
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 September 2017, Phoenix, Mauritius, Sri Sri Golokananda Temple Lecture) Haridasa Thakura said that if the holy name is being chanted purely when the cleansing has been done, then the holy name will give us real love of God. He continued that it is said that it is just like the rising […]

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Separation of Sita from Rama
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 April 2008, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Rama Navami Lecture) Lord Ramachandra’s attachment to Sitadevi was not one that could be compared to an ordinary husband’s attachment to his wife. In the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra, we must recognise that there are two levels – the first is that Lord Rama is […]

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Only a spark of Lord Rama’s total splendour
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 April 2008, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Rama Navami Lecture) In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Rama at one point is compared to a baby elephant, however, this is not disrespectful. Rather, the comparison was made to show how young Lord Rama was at the time of Sitadevi’s swayamvara, yet he was so […]

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The importance of hearing
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) Srila Prabhupada makes an important point that hearing and explaining the scriptures is more important than reading them. Why is it so? Because when we simply read, some things are misunderstood by us and when we never hear, we perpetuate our own misunderstandings. This […]

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Live a little simpler
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 December 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20) All day, we are talking about money. At work, money is the centre. That is what it is basically all about; doing all these things to make money. We make money, the company makes money. So money is all we are doing it for. […]

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Every bit of Devotional Service
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Every little bit of devotional service that we do now; is a preparation for a greater service in the future. Kadamba Kanana Service, Srimad Bhagavatam ŚB 1.15.4, 21 feb 2020 Watch the whole class below or visit our Youtube channel by clicking the link below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66JUVABqyXY SB 1.15.4 sarve tam anunirjagmur, bhrātaraḥ kṛta-niścayāḥ kalinādharma-mitreṇa, dṛṣṭvā spṛṣṭāḥ […]

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Freedom from the grip of kali
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) We may think that we are free because we are making our own choices according to our own liking. But what we fail to see is that when we are not following the four regulative principles closely, we are actually in the grip of […]

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Don’t miss the boat!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 April 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-Lila 200-250) Devotees who are always hesitating in completing the sixteen rounds of chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra may say, “You know, I just cannot do it. It is too difficult!” These people do not advance very much even if they are having difficulties in […]

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The most important day of the year
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 March 2020, Washington DC, United States of America, Sunday Feast Lecture) The darkness of kali yuga is everywhere around us, but it is also within us. This is the main problem! It is said that when we are looking at a jewel, that ornament appears to look more beautiful when placed […]

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The bhakti movement
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Home Program Lecture) We must understand that we all depend on the sankirtana movement; we all depend on the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Nobody should think, “Oh, but I am from a different background! See, I am doing this on the strength of my own culture.” No, culture […]

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Experiencing a breakthrough
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 June 2015, Gita Nagari, United States of America, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.8) At the time of initiation, even if the vows are taken sincerely, how deep is our sincerity? Even in the best scenario, when the disciple very sincerely from the heart says, “I am going to give my life to you”, how deep […]

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The greatest mantra
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4) There are so many mantras out there? Why is the Hare Krsna mahamantra considered to be the most powerful one? Mantras are all invested with power. Previously, there were sages, who by chanting mantras, could do many things. Some people were fighting with mantras. […]

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